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Saturday 27 April 2024 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Court, National


Court briefs

Jharome Leteryll Teoe Crummer Cook has been ordered to pay a fine of $180 after being convicted of excess blood alcohol and careless driving.

The court heard that Cook, who is currently visiting from New Zealand, carelessly drove a scooter in Tupapa and crashed.

He appeared before Justice of the Peace John Whitta at the Criminal Court in Avarua on Wednesday.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said on April 18 at around 6pm a crash involving Cook was reported to police.

He said Cook had consumed Woodstock and Corona at around 1pm in Titikaveka during the day. On his way to his accommodation in Tupapa, he crashed.

His blood alcohol result was 58 milligrams which Tararo said was at the lower scale.

JP Whitta further ordered Cook to pay for blood analysis report $150, $100 for court costs of each charge and not to drive in the Cook Islands for 12 months.


In probation matters, Johnny Hoeflich and Richard Tuaputa were each ordered to pay a fine of $40, along with $50 in court costs.

Hoeflich and Tuaputa were convicted for breaching probation by failing to attend a workshop at the Arorangi Prison on April 16.

The two withdrew their not guilty pleas which they made last week, and admitted to the charge on Wednesday.

On a similar charge, Aue Vakatini and John Tuamavave also breached probation by not attending the same workshop.

They were each ordered to pay a fine of $40 and $50 in court costs.


A foreign worker has been granted interim name suppression to give her time to inform her family of the charges.

Defence lawyer Mark Short asked JP Whitta for interim name suppression on the grounds that she be given time to inform her family. Additionally, due to her place of work, they did not want people to look at her differently.

The accused is charged with two counts of careless driving causing injury.

The matter has been adjourned to May 9.